Next areas to receive new bin service announced

The next areas to benefit from more frequent green bin collections have been revealed.

Around 100,000 properties in west, north west and north east Leeds will have their black bins emptied one week and green bins emptied the next.

Preparations to roll out the new service to all suitable homes in Adel and Wharfedale, Alwoodley, Bramley and Stanningley, Calverley and Farsley, Guiseley and Rawdon, Harewood, Horsforth, Middleton Park, Otley and Yeadon, Pudsey and Wetherby are well underway. It’s expected that people living in these areas will switch to updated collection schedule in November 2013.

In addition, some suitable properties in parts of Armley, Kirkstall and Weetwood wards, along with a very limited number of properties in Farnley and Wortley and Ardsley and Robin Hood wards will be included in the next phase of the new service.

The experiences and lessons learned from introducing the service to homes in the first phase have helped shape the plans for this next phase.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“Bin collections are one of the most visible council services and changes on this scale means we need to take a considered, staged approach.

“The evidence from phase one clearly shows that we can up the amount of recycling we collect and send less to landfill by increasing the frequency of green bin collections.

“Our experience of introducing this service to 56,000 homes back in April and the lessons we’ve learned means that we can help everyone through the changes.

“With residents continued support we can maintain and exceed our recycling ambitions.”

Residents will once again be receiving a handy information pack and the Waste Doctors – the council’s specialist recycling advisers – will be hosting roadshows and attending events to offer residents advice on how to get the most out of their green recycling bin.

Since the service launched in April to around 56,000 homes in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell, residents have recycled more and less waste has been sent to landfill

By 2015 the service will be rolled out to 80% of homes in Leeds when the council expects to save £2.5 million a year; funds that will pay for vital council services.

As well as financial savings, enabling residents to recycle more at home will have environmental benefits; valuable resources will be turned into new goods and harmful carbon emissions from waste will be cut.

The increased frequency of green recycling bin collections has been led by demand from Leeds residents.

During a consultation on the council’s waste strategy, people told the council they wouldn’t need their black bins emptied each week if their recycling bin was emptied more often.

Residents keen to get into the swing of recycling now can find details of the new service at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice or www.facebook.com/leedswastedocs or by following @leedswastedocs on Twitter.

To facilitate the move to the new service some collection days may for change. Residents will be advised well in advance of any changes to collection days before the new service starts.

Bin collection days can be checked at www.leeds.gov.uk/ Check-your-bin-day.aspx.

In the meantime, residents are reminded that bins should be put out by 7am on collection day and put away as soon as possible. If going on holiday, don’t forget to ask a neighbour to put out and return your bin for you.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk